Author: L.A. Witt
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/16/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.
Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.
Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.
It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.
L.A. Witt almost always gives a good story with interesting characters and this is no exception.
Afraid to Fly is book two in the Anchor Point series but can be read as a standalone. The characters from the first book don’t even appear in this book, though they are mentioned.
Here we have Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser and Commander Travis Wilson. Thankfully Witt didn’t repeat the same conflict from book one, getting involved with a subordinate’s son, and when Clint and Travis do get together they aren’t hindered by the fact that they work together.
Clint comes out by bringing a date to a work-related party which pleases Travis since he’s been lusting after Clint for a while. I enjoyed the fact that Travis and Clint got together early on, instead of having conflicts get them from getting together.
Clint and Travis both have incidents from their past that has created problems. One thing I love about Witt is that when she writes anything military related I know that it is going to be realistic. Here she created tragic pasts for both men that were anything but typical. Even the PTSD incidents felt more genuine than I’ve read in other books dealing with the subject.
Another aspect I liked is that, thanks to a back injury, anal penetration is near impossible for Travis and Clint didn’t care at all. There are smoking hot sex scenes here but none involve anal sex. When that particular act is often used as the ultimate act of love between gay men it was awesome to see these guys not do it and not complain about it at all. It actually doesn’t bother Clint at all, though Travis worries it will. Kudos to Witt for showing gay men don’t need anal sex to fall in love.
The conflict between Clint and Travis was realistic and thankfully didn’t last all that long.
Another fantastic love story by L.A. Witt.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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